Sony Xperia E1 Review



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Let us face it, in India there are more people who go for the cheaper more affordable phone than the high end flagships. Hence, atleast in India the main competition is to bring out the better budget smartphone. Sony has done a spectacular job in the lower range of the budget smartphone market with the Sony Xperia Tipo and Xperia E last year. This year, their success is dependent on the newr way on the much affordable phone as Sony Xperia E1.



Design

Finally their whole design dynamics make their way on the much affordable Sony Xperia models as well. Wish I could say the same for build quality. Sony Xperia E1 is amazingly flat all around except for the edges where it has this inward curve of rubber to support your hands. Through it is really comfortable it pulls down the looks of the phone and does not feel that premium. Well, it is not a premium device. The phones easy to go size make it really easily portable and likeable.

Display

Sony Xperia E1 has a very standard screen size. Sony gives you a 4 inch 480×800 pixel display. The display is simply stunning with all the colours; even though they are not natural they have a good tone to it. There is no major problem in the sharpness of the display or the viewing angles. For a budget smartphone, Sony Xperia E1 is spot on with the display and only a few would have complaints.

Camera

Sony does a fair job with the camera. Even though their primary and only camera is just 3MP it produces some really clean shots. If you want to crop photos, that might not be a great idea because 3MP is still 3MP. But naturally the shots are really likeable, nothing you would be ashamed of sharing away being slammed that your camera phone sucks. Video recording on the other hand is pretty so-so. Wish they had even put a VGA front camera rather than no camera; guess not all wishes come true.

Software

I like Sony because their user interfaces are not over the top and yet they offer pretty good customization options. Yes they are not as featureful as a TouchWiz, maybe it is just personal choice. Sony Xperia E1 runs on the rather recent v4.3 Jelly Bean. It is all Android is and there is not much of a difference between the v4.2 and the v4.3 but you do some small miracles here and there.

Performance

Sony Xperia E1 has a very normal battery life. Samsung does a great job in this case while Sony comes up short. It will get you through 1 day of usage, no problem but that is too less for a budget smartphone (I feel so). Sony Xperia E1, is fast and has a quality processor. The 1.2GHz Qualcomm chip gives it enough juice to power most of the moderately faster apps. The 512MB RAM is a set back considering recent trends in gaming on the mobile. You get 4GB internal memory which is expandable to up to 32GB. pretty cool .

GENERAL FEATURES
BrandSony
Model IDXperia E1
FormBar
SIM TypeSingle SIM, GSM
Touch ScreenYes, Capacitive
Business FeaturesPushmail (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync)
Call FeaturesConference Call, Loudspeaker
Handset ColorBlack
PLATFORM
Operating FreqGSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OSAndroid v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Processor1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8210, Dual Core
GraphicsAdreno 302
DISPLAY
TypeTFT
Size4 Inches
ResolutionWVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels
Color16.7 M
Other Display FeaturesSenser-on-lens, Screenshot Capturing, Gesture Input, Pan and Zoom, Auto Rotation, Touch Gesture – 10 Fingers Multi-touch, Scratch-resistant – Touch Panel Cover Glass PMMA, Illumination Effect, Face Detection, Shake Control
CAMERA
Primary CameraYes, 3 Megapixel
Secondary CameraNo
Video RecordingYes
Other Camera FeaturesSmooth Zoom – 4x, Geo-tagging, Image Stabiliser, Red-eye Reduction, Smile Shutter, Send to Web, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, HDR for Pictures, Quick Launch, White Balance, Self-timer, Auto Scene Recognition, Face Detection
DIMENSIONS
Size62.4x118x12 mm
Weight120 g
BATTERY
Type1700 mAh
Talk Time9 hrs (2G), 8 hrs (3G)
Standby Time551 hrs (2G), 454 hrs (3G)
MEMORY AND STORAGE
Internal4 GB
User Memory2 GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD, upto 32 GB
Memory512 MB RAM
INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY
Internet FeaturesEmail
Preinstalled BrowserAndroid, Google Chrome
GPRSYes, 85.6 kbps
EDGEYes, 237 kbps
3GYes, 21 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA; HSPA+
WifiYes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB ConnectivityYes, micro USB, v2
TetheringUSB, Wi-fi Hotspot
Navigation TechnologyA-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
BluetoothYes, v4, Supported Profiles (AVRCP 1.3, OPP 1.1, HSP 1.2, GAPC / LE, FTP v1.1, A2DP 1.2, PANP 1.0, HFP 1.6, PBAP)
Audio Jack3.5 mm
MULTIMEDIA
Music PlayerYes, Supports SMF, OTA, ADTS, OGG, iMelody, WAV, MP3, AMR, RTTTL, RTX, FLAC, XMF
Video PlayerYes, Supports MP4, 3GPP, M4V, MKV, WEBM, AVI, XviD
FMYes
Sound Enhancement

Movies Application, Sony Entertainment Network, WALKMAN Application, 3D Surround Sound (VPT), Clear Audio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase and Clear Stereo, TrackID Music Recognition, xLoud Experience – Audio Filter Technology from Sony, Dynamic Normaliser, PlayMemories, Noise… Read More

OTHER FEATURES
Call MemoryYes
SMS MemoryYes
Phone Book MemoryYes
SensorsAmbient Light Sensor, eCompass, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Additional Features

3D and Motion Gaming, SensMe and SensMe Slideshow, Audio Recording, Smart Connect, SyncML, USB Charging, Handwriting Recognition, STAMINA Mode, 50 GB of Free Storage – Download Box for Android App, On-screen QWERTY Keyboard, MMS Enabled, Predictive Text Input, Walkman… Read More

Important AppsYouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Xperia Link, Friends Application, Multiple Instant Messaging, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google Talk, Sony Select, Web Browser (WebKit), Xperia Transfer, Xperia Care, Bookmarks, Hangouts, Gmail, Google Sync



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Author: Sinha

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